It was a bit on the chilly side, but that did not stop thousands of folks to come out to the huge Thunder By The Bay event at their new home in Lakewood Ranch at the Sports Complex on Sunday. Rain and cold held back the crowd on Saturday, but Sunday was huge! The event helps to support Suncoast Charities For Children. Festival Director, Lucy Nicandri had a huge smile throughout the event yesterday as she saw everyone having a great time and enjoying the music. Hundreds of volunteers helped to make the event very special.
There were over 100 vendors who signed up to have booths to support the event. There was great food, fabulous clothing, special motorcycle events, several huge tents for folks to relax and enjoy the fabulous music and so much more.
The 19th annual Thunder By The Bay was bigger and better than ever! Always held in downtown Sarasota, the move proved to be hugely beneficial. More room to grow, free parking, no music restriction and plenty of fun, fun, fun!
Congratulations to everyone involved in making Thunder By The Bay a huge success. Can’t wait until next year!
photos by Vicky Sullivan, Rock The Lens Photography
From the Suncoast Charities For Children Website:
Suncoast Charities for Children is a 501(c)(3) that provides annual grants to the Suncoast Foundation in support of children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families. Did you know?
The Suncoast Foundation has constructed buildings valued at over $20 Million dollars in the Sarasota, Venice, and North Port area. These buildings are occupied by four local non-profit agencies.
Non-profit agencies which occupy these buildings include The Haven (Sarasota), The Florida Center For Early Childhood (Sarasota & North Port), Children First (Venice), and Sarasota County Special Olympics (Venice). These non-profit agencies experience a significant savings with an annual lease payment of only $1 per year on each building. Loveland Village in Venice also receives support.
Over the past three years (2013 – 2015), Suncoast Charities for Children has provided $324,000 in grant money to the Suncoast Foundation, so that necessary repairs and improvements could be made to these aging campus locations. This allows program and service money to remain untouched and be directed to clients who need it the most.
Services provided by these local non-profit agencies annual impacts approximately 8,000 children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families.